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Hello Advocate!

Late yesterday evening, the Ohio House and Senate passed House Bill 483, a budget bill that includes $36 million in new investments for Ohio’s children, seniors and families. We appreciate your advocacy and the efforts of our partners and supporters across the state who helped build broad support for investments to strengthen our communities.

Advocates for Ohio's Future believes creating opportunities for all Ohioans takes investment, now and into the future. The investments in HB 483 are a step in the right direction to help more Ohioans participate in the economy and our communities.

Click here to read our news release.

House Bill 483 includes:

  • $10 million to strengthen Adult Protective Services across Ohio. The investment will improve the state’s capacity to protect older Ohioans from abuse, neglect, and exploitation and help ensure Ohio seniors live with safety and dignity.
  • $10 million to strengthen Child Welfare services in all 88 counties. The investment will build on improvements and outcomes for over 100,000 children and their families.
  • $16 million to improve access to child care, provide greater stability for working parents and provide children continuous access to early learning programs.

Lawmakers also restored funding for Ohio's Federally Qualified Health Centers and recognized that Ohio's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helps make work pay for low-income Ohioans. Lawmakers increased the state's EITC from 5 percent to 10 percent of the federal credit.

Read the full news release here.

Thanks again for all of your support!

-Will and Gail

Advocates for Ohio's Future
Strong Communities. Better Lives | www.advocatesforohio.org